Tom Kaden's research while affiliated with University of Bayreuth and other places

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Pierre Bourdieu’s theory of social fields underlies the theoretical approach to analyze the conflict between professional creationists and anti-creationists in the United States. This choice from among the variety of social scientific theories is not arbitrary, because both the history of the conflict (see Chaps. 3 and 4) and the analysis of previo...
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The history of the conflict between professional creationists and anti-creationists in the United States consists of numerous actions, such as publications, forming coalitions, developing and disseminating labels and arguments, criticizing opposing views, and many others. These actions are instruments of power in a struggle that is about enforcing...
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When I started writing this book, I had a lot of questions about creationism in the United States, and I think that by the time I finished my research, I was able to give some possible answers. I had been somewhat dissatisfied with theories that see creationism as part or even as a mere symptom of a broader political or religious resurgence, becaus...
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This chapter presents the two most important anti-creationist positions in the United States, anti-theistic and ‘nomatic’ anti-creationism. The structure of this chapter differs from the preceding ones on creationism in that they first presented creationist ideas, and then creationist organizations. This two-step approach will also be applied to th...
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Creationism research is closely tied to the struggle over its position in American society. This is, in part, due to the fact that cultural and social sciences tend to focus on phenomena that are of great cultural and social importance. Research on creationism is particularly strong during times when it is an acute political or educational issue, b...
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In the previous chapter, the different variants of creationism were presented as concepts or, more specifically, as both different and partly overlapping systems of interpreting the world that also contain a specific perspective of the opposing interpretation system of secular science and, in particular, evolutionary theory. Sociologically, these i...
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As mentioned above, there are many forms of “creationism” in the United States, and I think it is important for any social scientific analysis of creationism to first try and understand what these different ideas are about. This is because (and I hope to be able to show this further below) the kinds of ideas creationists harbor have a strong influe...
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Some creationist and anti-creationist publications feature ideal or exemplary persons. These persons are often fictitious literary creations, but sometimes they are real people who tell their stories. These invented or true stories exemplify important aspects of the groups’ positions and the conflict as it appears from their vantage point. For inst...
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In his ethnological research, Claude Lévi-Strauss repeatedly observed that the structure of a group as it appears to an outsider does not need to be identical with its actual constitution. For instance, the Bororo of Brazil live in villages where all huts form a circle around a larger house in the middle. This structure obscures the fact that each...